Petersburg, Va. General military
hospital for the N.C. trooos
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NORTH CAROLINA TROOPS
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GENERAL MILITARY HOSPITAL.
The General Military Hospital for the North Car-
olina Troops, in Petersburg, Virginia, is situated on
Perry street, within a few yards of the Southern Eail
Eoad, and is one of the most convenient and comforta-
ble Military Hospitals in the country. The building
is three stories in height, each story or floor being
divided into wards. It is provided with suitable heating
apparalus, and the windows are arranged for lowering
or hoisting. Each ward is lighted by gas ; hot and cold
water carried over the Hospital, into the kitchen, the
bathing rooms and other places, on each floor, and into
the laundry in the yard. Suitable arrangements have
also been made for conveying patients from one floor to
another without being carried up and down the stairs
The Hospital can be easily reached by means of an
Ambulance Car, which will be run across the city of
Richmond connecting the Central and Fredericksburg
Railroads, which transport the sick and wounded from
the armies on the Potomac and in Western Virginia,
with the Richmond and Petersburg Roads, running
within thirty-five yards of the Hospital door; while
those from the Peninsula! and from the south side of
James River, can readily get to Petersburg along the
different routs of travel from those places.
The affairs of this Hospital will be under the gen-
eral management and supervision of the Governor of
North Carolina, and the Surgeon General of the State,
as an Executivee Committe, who shall have power to
select and discharge all the officers and attendants
required for the Hospital and Hospital Depots ; to re-
caive and apply any contributions of money or other
things intended for the use of the North Carolina volun-
teers or Hospital ; and to do everything necessary to
carry out the objects contemplated by establishing this
First. — They shall apply to the Secretary of War
and Surgeon General of the Confederate States for the
appointment of such Surgeons and assistant Surgeons
and Dressers as they may select.
Second. — They shall apply for the necessary medical
supplies for this Hospital.
Third. — They shall apply for rations for the soldiers
in Hospital, and such of the employees of the Hospital
as are allowed rations under the rules and regulations
of the Confederate States Army.
Fourth. — They shall obtain transportation for Hos-
pital Stores, forwarded for the use of the Hospital, or
any of the North Carolina Volunteers in Virginia, and
also for all persons employed in carrying out properly
the objects of this institution.
And in turn it shall be their duty to furnish to the
War Department any report or information relative to
the patients and expenditures that may be asked for ;
and to publish from time to time such statements of
the transactions of the Hospital as they may deem ad-
visable, or shall be called for by authority, either for
the information of the State, the Medical and War
Departments of the Confederate States, Contributors,or
for the benefit of the Volunteers.
It shall also be their duty to extend the benefits of
this Hospital to the Volunteers of any other State when
they can do so without excluding those from North
NUMBER OF OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES.
One Surgeon-in-Chief, (commissioned ;) two or three
Assistant Surgeons, (commissioned ;) one Apothecary ;
one Secretary and Clerk ; one Steward and Treasurer ;
one Matron and two or three assistants; three or four
Medical Students as dressers, &c; Nurses, Servants,
Cooks, and Washers, as many as may he required.
DUTIES OF THE HOSPITAL OFFICERS.
1. It shall be the duty ot the chief Surgeon to super-
intend and direct the medical and surgical treatment of
the patients, and to keep the Executive Committee in-
formed of all requisitions necessary for these purposes.
He will distribute the patients, according to convenience
and the nature of their complaints, into wards or divis-
ions, under the particular charge of the assistant Surge-
ons,and will visit them himself each day, as frequently as
the sick or wounded may require, accompanied by the
Assistant Surgeons, Dressers and Nurses.
2. His prescriptions of medicine and diet are daily
to be written down in a register, with the name of the
patient and number of the bed ; and the Assistant Sur-
geons or Dressers, in his absence, will see that the di-
rections are carried out.
3. He will enforce the proper Hospital regulations
to promote health and prevent contagion, by having
well ventilated and not over crowded rooms, scrupu-
lous cleanliness, changes of bed linen, &c.
4. All the employees of the Hospital will be under
his orders ; and he will carefully see to the keeping of
the following records : a register of patients ; a pre-
scription and diet book ; a case book ; copies of his
requisitions; monthly returns of sick and wounded ;
an order and letter book, in which will be transcribed
all orders and letters relating to his duties.
The Assistant Surgeons shall be under the control
and direc f ion of the Chief Surgeon, and in like manner
subject to remov.al. They shall see that subordinate
officers do their duty, and aid in enforcing the regula-
tions of the Hospital.
They must not leave the Hospital without the con-
sent of the chief Surgeon, and one or the other of them
must always be there when the chief Surgeon is ab-
The Apothecary must be a competent man, approved
by the Chief Surgeon, and appointed by the Executive
His duty is to dispense the medicines and put up the
prescriptions of the surgeons.
He must remain in the Hospital building day and
night, so as to be always at hand to discharge the
proper duties of his office.
RESIDENT STUDENTS OR DRESSERS.
There may be appointed by the Executive Committee
four medical students (commissioned) who >diall have
attended at least one full course of lectures in a regular
medical college, and who shall perform the duties of
dressers or assistants, to the surgeons and apothecary.
They are never to leave the Hospital without the
consent of the Chief Surgeon, or Executive Committee.
They shall be allowed hoard and washing in the Hospital.
SECRETARY AND CLERK.
The Secretary and Clerk shall keep a full record
of every patient admitted into and discharged from the
Hospital — showing his name, age, nativity and disease
or injury ; also the company and regiment to which he
He shall make a memorandum of any money, cloth-
ing, or other articles delivered to him by the patients,
and hand the same to the Treasurer or Steward for
safe keeping, and do any thing else that may be re-
quired of him by the chief Surgeon or Executive Com_
mittee. For example, he shall receive and forward
all letters and packages directed to the care of the
Hospital for the North Carolina Volunteers in Virgin-
ia; and he shall keep a full and accurate list of all the
North Carolina Kegiments and Battalions in the ser-
vice, and endeavor to keep informed of their position
and such of their wants as can be relieved from this
He shall attend to all letters of inquiry relative to
patients in the Hospital and the North Carolina Vol-
unteers generally, as far as he can, keeping up a weekly
correspondence with the Surgeons of our Regiments.
It shall also be his duty, under the immediate super-
vision of the Surgeon in Chief, to draw up any report
and furnish any information that may be required by
the Secretary of "War, the Surgeon General of the Con.
federate States, or the Executive Committee.
The Steward shall have charge of the Commissariat
of the Hospital and attend to the marketing; take
charge of all Hospital stores, furniture of every de-
scription, supplies for the sick, and superintend the
domestic affairs of the Hospital generally. He shall
keep a roster ot nurses, cooks, and attendants, and re-
turns for rations, according to the number in the Hos-
pital ; receive and distribute rations, and submit his
book to the chief Surgeon, monthly for examination,
or oftener if required. He will issue stores to cooks
and nurses, and enter the amount in his book. He
will be responsible for furniture, bedding, cooking
utensils, and for keeping the store room neat and clean.
In the discharge of these duties he will derive assis-
tance from the matrons and ward master.
He shall also act as Treasurer of the Hospital, giving
bond for the faithful performance of the duties of this
The Matrons will assist the Steward in the general
domestic management of the Hospital, especially in
looking after the washing and cooking and nice con-
dition of the wards, and in seeing that the female
nurses do their duty.
This BOOK may be kept out TWO WEEKS
ONLY, and is subject to a fine of FIVE
CENTS a day thereafter. It was taken out on
the day indicated below: